Meet The Expert


Senior Manager, Legal Affairs

Jessica Cohen Taubman is an attorney with a decade of experience in the background screening and drug testing industries. As the Manager of Compliance + Legal Affairs at Hound Labs, Inc., Jessica offers guidance on legal trends and regulatory updates, helping the company navigate the complexities of the evolving legislative landscape. Jessica leverages her industry background and expertise to support Hound Labs’ mission of helping employers in workplace drug testing. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and religion from Temple University, her Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law, and her Master of Science in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Professional Background Screening Association.

Washington S.B. 5123

Top Ten Questions About Washington Senate Bill 5123

Everything you need to know about how Washington S.B. 5123 will impact hiring, employment, and policy concerns related to cannabis testing for the state’s employers.

Cannabis legalization

First Came Cannabis Legalization, Now Comes Fairness

As access to cannabis has increased, so has the number of states enacting legislation to exclude some cannabis tests that detect non-psychoactive metabolites.


Washington S.B. 5123: Off-Duty Cannabis Use Employment Protections

More states continue to pass employment protections for off-duty cannabis use while limiting tests that detect non-psychoactive metabolites in the drug. We explain Washington’s latest law.

Federal cannabis legalization

Thoughts on the Journey to Federal Cannabis Legalization

Senior Manager of Legal Affairs shares her takeaways from Capitol Hill, where national lawmakers discussed the road to federal cannabis legalization.

CA A.B. 2188

Top Ten Questions About California A.B. 2188

Here’s what you need to know about a new law that provides workplace protections for recreational and medical marijuana users.

Cannabis Laws

Navigating the Tangled Web of State Cannabis Laws

It’s critical to know the differences in state cannabis laws and how they can affect employers’ workplace marijuana policies.

Cannabis Legislation

Legalization 2022: What Did Voters Say About Cannabis?

Not everyone saw a cannabis-related initiative on their ballot this year, but the impacts of changing cannabis laws are still likely heading your way.

CA AB 2188

California A.B. 2188: Employment Protections for Cannabis Users

With the signing of Assembly Bill 2188, California becomes the seventh state to pass a law prohibiting the discrimination of employment based on the use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace.

Cannabis legalization

Cannabis Legislation Trends: Political Shock Value No More

The times of a one-size-fits-all cannabis workplace policy have ended. A recent use breath test can help employers adapt to stay competitive in the job market.

Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis Reform: Movement and Stalls Across the U.S.

As reform efforts continue, July Fourth was the second-highest cannabis sales day of 2021 in states where medical and/or recreational use are legal.


Looking Deeper at the Legal Effects of Cannabis Legalization

An interview with John Thomas, employment lawyer at McGuireWoods, who advises employers on countless legal issues, litigates on their behalf, and understands how cannabis legalization continues to impact both employers and employees.